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We believe that art does more than beautify, it changes us. We also believe that a truly equal society provides creative inspiration and opportunities to everyone, no matter what neighborhood they’re from. We’ve learned that art is an incredible tool for discovering the potential inside us all.

That said, artists need opportunities to earn, businesses are looking for unique ways to give back to their communities, and art programs are being defunded more every year.

We pay working artists, curate creative experiences, and encourage the budding artists of tomorrow. We believe in cities that support one another and are dedicated to making the world a more creative & connected place.

IPaintMyMind transforms people and spaces by connecting artists, businesses, and communities through art. By leveraging our permanent art collection and displaying it in places devoid of it, we’re reimagining access to the arts.

We specialize in accessible & emerging visual art with a focus on illustration, collage, mixed media, & photography screen prints & giclees. This allows us to concentrate on supporting working artists, whose content and approach aligns with the businesses & communities we serve.

Shared Walls™ is our rotating art subscription program which leases our permanent collection to businesses and turns that revenue into FREE art exhibitions, curriculum, and artist workshops for schools, parks, libraries, and community centers!

Through an entrepreneurial nonprofit development model that prioritizes art services ahead of donations & grants, we provide businesses with the chance to give back while outfitting their space with art.

IPaintMyMind is thrilled to be a Gold Rated Guidestar nonprofit arts organization, qualifying us as a one of the top-rated NFP’s in the country. As a 501(c)(3), Guidestar serves as the gold standard for evaluating exceptional charitable organizations & were proud to be included.

20k

CHICAGO
RESIDENTS

engaged citywide

80+

BUSINESSES &
COMMUNITIES

provided with exhibitions

1300+

PIECES
OF ART

purchased directly from artists

6+

YEARS

community collaboration

OUR TEAM

EVAN LA RUFFA

Founder & Executive Director

SAM KIRK

Board Member

BRIAN FLANNERY

Board Member

MARIA VARGAS

Programs Manager & Assistant Curator

JOSH HOEKWATER

Board Member

KAITLYN ROBERTS

Digital Marketing Lead & Programs Assistant

ABEL ARCINIEGA

Lead Photographer

PHOEBE FASULO

SEO Director

CRISTAL TUCKER

Art Handler & Programs Assistant

CLIENT

Testimonials

Working with Evan and I Paint My Mind was a great experience. They’re willing to work with you to find art that fits into and enhances your space. I love that what they do supports local artists and arts education in Chicago. AWESOME!”

Laura Stillman

Altair Advisers

CLIENT

Testimonials

Working with Evan and I Paint My Mind was a great experience. They’re willing to work with you to find art that fits into and enhances your space. I love that what they do supports local artists and arts education in Chicago. AWESOME!”

Laura Stillman

Altair Advisers

Press & Events

Chicago nonprofit brings art to schools to get kids to ask ‘What’s that?’

The Chicago-based IPaintMyMind wants to make sure art is accessible to all students. So it created an “art subscription” program with the help of local artists and corporate partners. “The Shared Walls program is what we call it where we lease art to clients, then use those funds to put galleries in schools,” said Evan La Ruffa, founder and executive director of IPaintMyMind. “We’ve been in every ward in the city.”

September 13, 2019

Drab office walls get splash of art that gives back

The Shared Walls program uses money from corporate art leases to fund its school installations: iPaintMyMind buys artwork from artists, mostly local; companies and businesses, such as Altair Advisers, pay to lease art collections from IPaintMyMind; and the revenue from corporate leases is used to put up galleries in community spaces, such as public schools, libraries and community youth centers, La Ruffa said.

September 13, 2019

Drab office walls get splash of art that gives back

When DocuSign moved into new offices in Warrenville a year ago, it replaced the motivational posters and time-zone clocks that had previously served as decoration with a 20-piece exhibit of local art.

But not just any art.

June 22, 2016